The new Secretary of the Navy has made a very public break from President Donald Trump and his position on transgender people in the military.
And it’s not good.
From Daily Caller
Newly-confirmed Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer broke from President Donald Trump’s statement on transgenders by maintaining Thursday that anyone who wants to serve and meets standards should be allowed to do so.
Although Spencer told reporters in Norfolk, Va., that he would abide by Pentagon guidance on transgenders in the military, he personally believes that “any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military,” Reuters reports.
Trump made the announcement last month.
Trump announced via Twitter July 26 that the military would no longer allow transgenders to serve openly in the military, citing problems like medical costs and disruption. The announcement communicated an intention to reverse the Obama administration’s move to repeal the ban on open transgender service in 2016, but that intention has not yet been communicated to the Pentagon in the form of official policy guidance.
Last week, Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft pledged not to “break faith” with transgender members in the Coast Guard, although the Coast Guard said it intended to follow Pentagon directive.
House Democrats have urged the Pentagon not to follow any policy banning transgender members.
It’s practically unheard of, military heads coming out publicly contradicting the President’s position.
It’s a slippery slope when you start expressing your personal opinion that contradicts that of the Commander in Chief, even if you are not directly disobeying an order.
It shows dissension in the ranks, affects morale, creates confusion and can interfere with the military effort.
Military heads need a refresher about how they should and shouldn’t be behaving.